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WLS Channel 7 - Eyewitness News - "Wanda The Weather Bunny" (Commercial, 1971)

Here's a real blast from the past - the memorable "I'm Wanda your Weather Bunny" commercial (or would you call it a promo?) for Eyewitness News at 6 and 10 on WLS Channel 7 featuring Joel Daly, Bill Frink, John Coleman, and Fahey Flynn.

Features actor Ray MacDowell playing the part of the news anchor in the globe, "H.B. Mendicott".

It's a Sedelmaier! - Joe Sedelmaier produced this, who was the man behind many famous spots including Where's the Beef and the Fed-Ex "fast-talking guy" ads.

This commercial won a Clio award in 1971.

This makes a nice companion to this other WLS Sedelmaier commercial.

Thanks to Geno for digging this one up!

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Viewer Comments

Holy Smokes!! I actually remember this!
I thought I'd never see this again! OUTSTANDING!
Rick and Geno...you guys are the BEST!!

Comment posted by Matt on Tuesday, November 17th 2009 at 8:39pm.

Geno's da man! 8-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, November 17th 2009 at 8:41pm.

Interesting . . . many of the memorable "Eyewitness News" ad campaigns from WABC Channel 7 in New York in that same time period, I.I.N.M., came from Jerry Della Femina, another famous ad man on par with Sedelmaier (both in reputation and memorable ad campaigns).
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, November 17th 2009 at 9:14pm.

Wow! Last time clips from 1971 been an added attraction to the site was over a year ago. Now I'm looking at one Eyewitness News ad from 1971 thanks to Fuzzy & Geno :-)
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Tuesday, November 17th 2009 at 10:07pm.

Was this originally recorded from a reel-to-reel tape?
Comment posted by betamax75 on Tuesday, November 17th 2009 at 10:28pm.

Unfortunately, this wasn't recorded off-air - it would be awesome to have more off-air 1971 material, but that is rarer than hen's teeth. This I imagine was originally transferred from film onto videotape. But I'm sure Geno could tell us more.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, November 17th 2009 at 11:28pm.

This was cool.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Wednesday, November 18th 2009 at 9:20am.

This was great when it first came on, and great to see again. "Here's a sun, and here's a big black cloud!" Cracks me up almost 40 years later.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, November 18th 2009 at 9:44am.

Nice!!!
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Wednesday, November 18th 2009 at 5:38pm.

For those who were wondering ... I got this years ago from my friend Ray MacDowell's commercial audition tape. Ray played news anchor "H.B. Mendicott" in the spot. He's now 85, and has long since retired. (You might also remember him from an early Illinois Lottery commercial, in which he straps a contraption on his back and leaps off the roof of a downtown high-rise, after intoning "This will make me one million dollars!")

I forgot that I had this until last week, when I went through a box full of dusty VHS tapes, looking for something else.

Comment posted by geno57 on Wednesday, November 18th 2009 at 9:16pm.

Now you got me wondering: Who played the sportscaster, and who played "Wanda the Weather Bunny"?
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, November 19th 2009 at 12:41am.

You know what's really funny. This is still true to this day! While all the other stations make up "New" ways to do news 7 just keeps plugging along dragging with it most of the audience.
Comment posted by telefrank on Sunday, November 22nd 2009 at 8:42am.

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